If FPS games aren’t your cup of tea or glass of coke and you don’t like anything post-nuclear related, then maybe some even older RPG classics are up your alley or tavern, with courtesy of Hasbro, Wizards of The Coast and of course GOG.
There are three collections, including different series of old-school RPGs/dungeon crawlers: Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection One has the Eye of the Beyolder trilogy, mainly Eye of the Beholder, Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon, and Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor. These first-person real-time role-playing games were made by the legendary Westwood Associates (later Westwood Studios) who didn’t always do RTS or adventure games.
Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Two has even more titles, this time with the Pool of Radiance and Savage Frontier trademarks, including Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, Hillsfar, Secret of the Silver Blades, Pools of Darkness, Gateway to the Savage Frontier, Treasures of the Savage Frontier, and Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures. Gameplay and storytelling styles obviously vary with turn-based or real-time combat. But if there ever was a way to play the beginnings of the Forgotten Realms, then this package from Stormfront Studios and Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI) is it.
Forgotten Realms: The Archives – Collection Three only has two games from Dreamforge Intertainment (formerly known as SSI): Dungeon Hack and Menzoberranzan. One is a randomly generated dungeon crawler with a rogue-option (permadeath), while the other is a classic first-person RPG, also going the underground way. Compared to the other compilations, these two games don’t seem like much, but as swan songs of the Forgotten Realms franchise they do just fine.
Now I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to play/review these games, but as nostalgic trips back the RPG road in order to see where it all began, these collections are definitely worth their small asking prices, considering how much content they offer.
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